Challenging Outcomes in 2022

At Outcome Accounting we are ‘all about the outcome’, the best outcome for our clients.  We strive to provide ongoing assistance where it is needed most and again find ourselves in a challenging situation, unlike no other, as we navigate the increasing cases of Covid. We took a break and are now back, refreshed, and ready to assist you and your business as required during this pandemic in the safest…  Read more

Understanding Australia’s Director Identification Number

In its 2020 Budget Digital Business Plan, the Australian government announced the full implementation of the Modernising Business Registers (MBR) program. The program is designed to both establish the new Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS), and enhance how businesses register and manage their information with the government. Although the ABRS rolls out progressively between 2021 and 2024, one of the immediate changes is that business directors must obtain a director…  Read more

Business Update – 10 November 2021

Just in …. please read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. $44 Million Recovery Package for Melbourne The Melbourne Money scheme is returning to the CBD, with the state government and City of Melbourne launching a $200m “revitalisation fund”. From 15 November, those dining in the CBD between Monday and Thursday can claim a 30% discount – of up to $150 –…  Read more

5 Xero Mistakes Business Owners Make and How To Avoid Them

If you’ve just started working with Xero, it is normal to make a few mistakes while you’re learning. We see mistakes that are quite common – and unfortunately costly – so you should be aware of them if you want to get the most out of Xero’s powerful cloud accounting system. 1. Not connecting all the bank and credit card accounts dedicated for your business Make sure that you keep…  Read more

Federal Budget 2021: What it means for you

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has released the 2021 Federal Budget and confirmed Australia’s economy is performing more strongly than was expected six months ago. This article has a summary of the “Winners and Losers” of the Budget and we’ve compiled a recap of the key points below. Get in touch with us if you have any questions. A Quick Overview This budget assumes our international borders won’t reopen until mid-2022. $1.9…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 17 February 2021

Just in …… read on for the latest updates and some ideas to help us all move forward. Australia Receives Pfizer Vaccine Doses The first shipment of more than 142,000 Pfizer vaccine doses had arrived at Sydney airport on Monday. Healthcare, aged care, and quarantine workers will be among the first to be vaccinated starting 22 February. Australia is expected to receive 20 million doses from Pfizer. Australian Company Develops…  Read more

5 Most Common Accounting Mistakes That Could Hurt Your Business

Many small business owners tend to handle their own accounting and bookkeeping, especially when they’ve just started out. However, keeping track of the finance-side of the business– everything from income to expenses to tax compliance– can be overwhelming. Mistakes can happen quite easily and can have costly consequences to your business. Below are five of the most common DIY accounting errors that you should avoid. Unorganised Records It takes excellent…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 27 January 2021

Here’s the latest updates …… Australia Set for 10th Day of No Local COVID-19 Cases Australia is on track for its 10th consecutive day of no new local COVID-19 cases, with NSW hoping to ease restrictions this week after controlling a fast-spreading cluster. Meanwhile Victoria, which is hosting the Australian Open tennis tournament, has gone three weeks without a local case. Other states and territories which have mostly been COVID-free,…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 6 January 2021

Happy New Year! We hope you had a relaxing holiday break and are raring to go in 2021. South Australia Keeps NSW Border Shut South Australia has a hard border closure in place with New South Wales with no one from that state allowed to enter unless they are a returning resident, relocating permanently, or an essential traveller. Returning residents or people relocating will still need to quarantine for 14…  Read more

Scam Watch – don’t be fooled!

It is so important to know what is and what is not a scam. The scammers are getting very clever and try multiple ways to reach into your personal details and use them to benefit only themselves. The ‘Little Black Book of Scams’ explains the different types of scams going around, how to protect yourself and who to contact if you believe your have been ‘scammed’ . Little Black Book…  Read more

Instant Asset Write-Off Extended

Good news! This week the government announced that the Instant Asset Write-off has been extended for six months, taking the initiative to 31 December 2020. Australian businesses with less than $500 million annual turnover will be able to take advantage of the write-off and invest in assets to support their business. This government initiative is designed to help the economy reopen and boost economic growth. The instant asset write-off applies…  Read more

Jobkeeper Fact Sheets

New $130 Billion JobKeeper Stimulus Package announced. There is constant change happening for all Australians during this unprecedented time. We are here to help, to listen and to advise. Jobkeeper Payment – Fact sheet for EmployeesDownload Jobkeeper Payment – Fact sheet for EmployersDownload Fact sheet supporting businesses to retain jobsDownload  Read more

AUSkey finishes this month – here’s what you need to know

There’s a new way to access online government services. The way you access government services for both business and personal matters is changing this month. myGovID and Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM) will replace AUSkey at the end of March 2020. We’ve detailed what you need to do and when, but please get in touch if you have any questions. What is AUSkey? AUSkey is a secure login that identifies you…  Read more

There’s a new myGov tax scam in play!

Watch out for myGov tax scam The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has issued a warning for taxpayers to stay safe during tax-time from the scammers impersonating trusted brands like myGov or the ATO which trick people into giving them money or personal details. These scams can come through as emails, text messages and fake myGov login pages. Usually these scams will say that a taxpayer is entitled to a…  Read more

4 Tips for Getting Your Business Through Tough Times

If you’re a small business owner whose company hasn’t gone through hard times, that’s great but it’s likely to happen at some point. As much as we dream about being brilliant enough at business that we’ll never face slow times, there are many things beyond our control that can negatively affect our business. Here are four tips for getting your business through difficult periods so you can look forward to…  Read more

Finding money within your business

Most small businesses experience cash flow problems from time to time and urgently need working capital. Many business owners immediately think of the bank or loans when they’re short of money. But there are other resources you can tap before you ask for that expensive overdraft or overdraft extension. The money you need might already be there—locked up in inventory, assets or your debtors’ book. You can often free up…  Read more


Single Touch Payroll is a Government initiative that will change the way you report on your payroll to the ATO from 1 July 2019. Under Single Touch Payroll (STP), all businesses will report on salary or wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and superannuation directly to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), electronically, and at the same time as you pay your employees. This new streamlined reporting to the ATO…  Read more

3 Mistakes That Strangle Growing Businesses

Businesses want to grow and help a larger audience, but too many make mistakes that cripple their growth. Even worse, they keep repeating them! Don’t do the same; avoid the blunders outlined below. Hiring Toxic Personalities Businesses hire more staff as they grow. But if they expand too quickly, they will feel pressure to fill positions on their team, even if the job candidates have a few personality flaws. While…  Read more

Be data smart with your smart phone!

According to online security software vendor, Norton, the scary reality is that 978 million people in 20 countries were affected by cyber crime in 2017. In New Zealand and Australia, one in four small businesses experienced a cyber-attack or hacking attempt. “It’s an unfortunate fact that the impact of cybercrime is a reality for all businesses,” Xero Head of Security, Paul Macpherson, said at the recent Xerocon conference in Brisbane.…  Read more

Two-step authentication will soon be compulsory for all Australian users….

By next month Xero will make it mandatory for all users have two-step authentication (2SA) to protect their login and any unauthorised use. This change is to support best-practice security measures in accordance with the Australian Tax Office’s (ATO) updated requirements. What you need to know:  From Tuesday 16 October (next week): Xero users who have yet to enable 2SA will see a screen that prompts set up. On a…  Read more

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